Visually Impaired Man Embarking On 100-Mile Quest

Simon Wheatcroft, himself visually impaired, is running to raise money to help blind children. Photo: The Star

Simon Wheatcroft, himself visually impaired, is running to raise money to help blind children. Photo: The Star

He uses an app on his mobile phone to guide him.

Simon Wheatcroft of Rossington, England is on a mission. Visually impaired himself, Wheatcroft is setting out on a 100-mile run to help save the sight of hundreds of children. He has been training for the race, the Cotswolds 100, alone, by using GPS to guide his way.

Wheatcroft, 28, has been raising £5,000 for the SightSavers charity, which operates to save the vision of children in developing countries.

After the Cotswolds race, Wheatcroft plans to tackle the ultimate ultra: Badwater.

The condition he suffers from is called retinitis pigmentosa, which is a degenerative eye disease. He now cannot see people standing in front of him in a room.

“I train alone on a side road, but I have spent a long time memorising the route,” he said. “Yet if you asked me to walk around Rossington village, I couldn’t do it. I’m on the waiting list for a guide dog, but I have not got one yet. It may seem strange that I can run, but I have learned the route very well.”

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